Friday, 22 May 2015

This weekend's events

Please support these animal shelters! Adopt and never buy!

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

MPOV: Jupiter Ascending

At the beginning of the story, Earth's residents are unaware that the human species on Earth and countless other planets were established by families of transhuman and alien royalty for the purpose of later "harvesting" the resulting organisms to produce a type of youth serum for the elites on still other planets. After the death of the matriarch of the House of Abrasax, the most powerful of the alien dynasties, her children, Balem (Eddie Redmayne), Kalique (Tuppence Middleton), and Titus (Douglas Booth), quarrel over the inheritance, with Balem inheriting an enormous refinery on Jupiter and Titus declaring his intention to dismantle the youth serum trade, of which Earth is the next intended source. Protagonist Jupiter Jones narrates that her father, Maximilian Jones (James D'Arcy), met her mother, Aleksa (Maria Doyle Kennedy), in Saint Petersburg. After Maximilian is killed in a robbery, Aleksa names their daughter Jupiter, after his dying wish, and they move to Chicago to live with Aleksa's family.

Many years later, Jupiter (Mila Kunis) works with Aleksa and her Aunt Nino (Frog Stone) to clean the homes of wealthy neighbors. To buy a telescope, Jupiter agrees to sell her eggs with the help of her cousin Vladie (Kick Gurry), under the name of her friend Katharine Dunlevy (Vanessa Kirby). At Katharine's house, Jupiter and Katharine are attacked by extraterrestrial 'Keepers'; and when Jupiter photographs these, they erase her memory of the incident. During the egg donation procedure, the doctors and nurses are identified as Balem's agents, sent to kill her, and she is saved by Caine Wise (Channing Tatum), a former soldier sent by Titus. Stinger Apini (Sean Bean), an old comrade of Caine's, agrees to help Jupiter, but a group of hunters take her to Kalique's palace on a distant planet, where Kalique explains that Jupiter is genetically identical to the dead matriarch, and therefore the Earth's rightful owner. Supported by Captain Diomika Tsing (Nikki Amuka-Bird) of the Aegis (an intergalactic police force), Caine retrieves her from Kalique, and brings her to the planet Ores (the intergalactic capital city) to claim her inheritance.

On the way back to Earth, Titus detains Jupiter and Caine, to whom he reveals his plan to marry and then kill Jupiter and claim Earth before throwing Caine into the void; but Caine survives and saves Jupiter at the altar. Jupiter asks to return home, but learns that her family has been taken hostage by Balem. In his refinery in the Great Red Spot, Balem demands Earth in exchange for Jupiter's family. Realizing that Balem can "harvest" Earth only with her permission, Jupiter refuses. Balem tries to kill Jupiter; but she defeats him in a fight, and is rescued by Caine, Stinger, and Tsing. Jupiter's family is returned home with no memory of their disappearance, while Jupiter secretly retains ownership of the Earth. Her family buys her the telescope she wanted and Caine receives a pair of wings earlier removed from his body.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

The storyline is actually good, both originality and creativity. But the movie itself was a little bore with too many slow and soft scenes which seemed to drag too much. Also with Jupiter trying to romanticise Caine a few times was a little too much for me. The actions were good and exciting towards the end but overall, even with an all star leading casts, it was too slow and dragging for me. Anyway, a few of the characters reminded me of other movies such as:

  • iRobot
  • Elysium
  • Riddick
  • Pacific Rim
Rating: 2.5/5
Directed by The Wachowskis
Casts: Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth
Category: A 2015 American–Australian space opera film written, produced, and directed by Lana and Andy Wachowski

Monday, 18 May 2015

MPOV: Kingsman: The Secret Service

During a raid in the Middle East in 1997, a probationary secret agent sacrifices himself to save his team. Feeling guilt over the loss of his colleague, Harry Hart, code-named "Galahad," personally delivers a bravery medal to the agent's widow, Michelle Unwin, and his young son, Gary "Eggsy", saying that if they ever need help, they should call the phone number on the back of the medal and deliver a coded message.

Seventeen years later, Professor James Arnold is kidnapped by unknown assailants, led by Internet billionaire Richmond Valentine and his henchwoman Gazelle. One of Hart's compatriots, "Lancelot," attempts to stage a rescue, but fails as he is cut in half by Gazelle. Valentine, known for his philanthropy, continues to meet with various heads of state and VIPs; some of whom go missing afterwards. He also announces a giveaway of SIM cards, granting free cellular and Internet access.


In London, Eggsy is now an unemployed young adult living with his mother, infant half-sister, and abusive stepfather Dean. Despite being intelligent and capable, he left training for the Royal Marines and lives an aimless life. After being arrested for stealing a car and taking it for a joyride, Eggsy calls the number on the back of the medal. Hart arranges for his release and tells Eggsy about the existence of Kingsman, a secret intelligence agency for which both he and Eggsy's late father worked. In the wake of Lancelot's death, the agency opens a vacancy for a new agent, and Eggsy agrees to apply. He joins a group of other candidates, including a woman named Roxy. Training is overseen by "Merlin," a senior Kingsman who acts as teacher, quartermaster, pilot and Ops coordinator. The candidates are eliminated one by one until only Eggsy and Roxy remain as the final two. However, Eggsy fails his final test, and Roxy becomes the new Lancelot.

The above taken from Wikipedia.

In truth, I do enjoy the movie. Well made, very classy yet comical. However, the ending sort of killed the movie with all those fireworks. No spoilers here but it was unrealistic. I guess it made the movie less gory hence I was able to watch the whole movie. In short, a stylishly made movie with all 3 elements of JB's (James Bond + Jason Bourne + Jack Bauer) in 1! LOL! Also loved the tailor-made suits! The quote by Galahad 'Manners Maketh Man' really stuck to my mind though.

Rating:3/5
Directed by Matthew Vaughn
Casts: Colin Firth, Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Strong, Taron Egerton, Michael Caine
Genre: A 2015 spy action comedy film based on the comic book The Secret Service, created by Dave Gibbons and Mark Millar

Friday, 15 May 2015

This weekend's events

You're invited to a Literary Celebration, where books are the main event!
Bring your books along for a swap & exchange session.
Take home a mystery read in our Blind Date With Books
Children will enjoy our storytelling session with Teoh Choon Ean, author of three brand new children's picture books.
All children are invited to bring along one of their preloved picture books to be exchanged for a new read

This event is open to the public and children are welcome. Admission is free.

The above taken from https://www.facebook.com/events/1387533384907676/

Come by our Mutley Roadshow for some rollin' good times!

16th May 2015 9am - noon @ 1 Utama's Central Park

We will have a dog adoption booth, educational booth, merchandise for sale, K9 Good Citizen session and more!

Our adoption Starter kit includes 1 pipette of Frontline Combo Spot On Dog sponsored by Rhone Ma. We are also having a Seniors Package adoption, ask us about it!


See you there!

The above taken from https://www.facebook.com/SPCASelangor?fref=ts

TREASURE HUNT TO BUKIT GAMBANG RESORT
16TH AND 17TH MAY 2015

With just 2 more day to go, a lot of activities are going on at LASS. We still accept registrations.

Confirmed 20 Cars!

Sponsors: Glaxo Smithkline, Suntory Beverages,Permanis and many more.

Please support us! We are doing this for our furkids

Register today. Share as widely as possible. Call us at 0163119637


These extremely loving and playful kids are all below 2 years old, have been fully vaccinated and neutered. They will all be at our adoption drive this Sunday hoping to find their furever homes. Please give them a chance as they too deserve a place to call home. In return you will be showered with abundance of unconditional love.

ADOPTION DRIVE

SUNDAY , 17/5/15 11AM TO 6PM JAYA ONE, PJ

(off jln universiti, behind cosway. those wanting to drop of donations in kind, please drive thru the b1 basement car park to unload. Thank you )

PLEASE SHARE, SHARE, SHARE

Thursday, 14 May 2015

Happy birthday sis!

A very happy birthday to my dear sis! A year older! A year wiser! LOL!!!
May you lived life to the fullest and more good opportunities to come your way!
Happy birthday sis!

Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Amigurumi: Ribbit the Frog

According to http://www.123greetings.com/ today is 'Frog Jumping Day' *scratches head*

Anyway, coincidentally I had finished this frog recently so thought of sharing it today :-)
Aloha! I'm Ribbit the Frog!
I got this free pattern from Hooked Academy and it's quite easy to make. I've used:

  1. 100% acrylic yarns
  2. fibre filling
  3. felt

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

#KLBAC

Thanks to honey + black rice vinegar, a concoction MIL heard would heal my prolonged cough, I had a bout of diarrhoea since Saturday. Not a good Mother's Day weekend for me but thankfully, no celebration either since we are still in the mourning period. FYI, FIL passed away early last month sigh! Lost of appetite and tired of sitting on the 'white throne', I think, finally, it has subsided today. So far that rumbling feeling hasn't returned for today *touch wood*!

Anyway, enough about those negative vibes, to think about it, a little positive too... I wonder how much weight have I lost *wishful thinking*

Well, back to reality... I just wanted to highlight a cool book club which I had recently discovered by chance and joined: KL Book Appreciation Club (KLBAC). All book -readers, lovers, hoarders- should join this cool group in Facebook! I have actually learnt more new things and the best part... made new friends with the same craze! Honestly, it's actually fun knowing that there are many people with the same hobby.

The admins are also actively sourcing for new stuffs, events, etc. Like recently they had a survey and I actually won a consolation prize! There wasn't any initially, just a main prize for a lucky winner but it was sudden like that.
I'm a happy camper even though it's just a consolation prize
They have actually organized an event this Saturday which sounds so goood! The KLBAC Literary Celebration will be held at Zest Cafe, The Sphere, Bangsar South this Saturday, 16th May 2015 3 to 6pm. Loads of lucky draw prizes to be won too! Drop by if you have the time... I still can't confirm if I could go... sigh!
You can check out their Facebook event page here:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1387533384907676/

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